The 1975′s Matthew Healy: ‘You Can Be the Worst Band in the World and Get Gigs Because You’re From Manchester’

The 1975 (Photo via The1975.com)

The 1975 (Photo via The1975.com)

Fresh off of an appearance at Britain’s massive Glastonbury festival, the Manchester-based rock quartet The 1975 are set for a headlining North American tour this October. Like many a British band, they arrive with enormous buzz. The influential BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe called them “one to listen out for this year for definite,” while The Guardian ordained them “the leaders of the pack” of an expected resurgence of guitar bands in 2013. The last couple of years have been a slow, steady unveiling for the band which saw the release of four well-received EPs, all of which feature the band’s spacious, hard-hitting, synth-tinged rock sound. (“Sex” and “The City” are tracks particularly worth checking out.) Their first proper album is set for a September bow.

Frontman Matt Healy is well-prepared for the band’s rise: he’s a student of pop history, has a natural youthful charisma, and knows his way around a eminently liftable soundbite. We sat down with him to chat about the band’s origins and epic ambitions (“Let’s make Thriller“), the influence of African-American R&B on their sound, and the hype that comes with being from Manchester.

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Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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